Hearing this compilation of stories has solidified that he truly has the talent of writing the supernatural.
PLEASE!! Stop whispering on audio book narrations. I listen to these books while driving, there is road noise and outside noise all the time, when you listen to narrators like Gene Engene, Frank Muller, Jim Dale, Dick Hill and many others, they don't ever whisper, ever. When the author writes 'he/she whispered', it is wholly unwarranted to whisper the line, if you cant relay the idea of dramatic without whispering, perhaps you should seek out a living in movies or tv, the makers of "The Matrix" absolutely love people to breathe the lines instead of speak, followed by 120db gun fire.
Please leave the inflections of volume to the author who wrote the text, I understand this is largely on the mixing engineer and directors/producers to take care of this in post perhaps, so lets get on the ball.
This book, what I heard of it was another wonderful installment from Joe Hill. It's always fascinating to hear Joe Hill's unique style and his fathers influence seeping through in so many under tones.
All of these stories are ghost stories, you just have to change how you think about ghosts, not all 'ghosts' are spectral apparitions, some are inside us always.
A great book very worth the time, if this is your first Joe Hill book, be sure to also catch Nosferatu and Heart shaped box here on Audible.
I hear ya
This takes two or more hearings... could be the story, could be the narrator but, pay close attention listener because these are not ordinary ghost stories. You cannot predict these endings nor who/what is the real bad guy around the next corner.
Joe Hill has a little special something scary for every listener.
Would like to sit Joe Hill down for a face to face to get alternate ENDINGS on some of these shorts. We know he has them.
I have read everything else that Joe Hill has written and enjoyed them, and I like short stories. But I was disappointed in this book. Several of the stories just ended, and I was left wondering what happened. Also, there are very few ghost stories, which was also disappointing, given the title.
While listening to the different stories in this collection I would fine my mind somewhere else. Every once in a while I would pick up on a good part and think, "ok, cool, now it's getting good!" Seemed like then it would end and I would be left with a feeling like "huh"? I have read most of Joe's books and have enjoyed each and every one of them. This one? Not so much. I agree with another poster about the music coming in between the different novellas, - but when it happened in between chapters of some as well it was a bit weird. I think Joe does much better writing novels and if you begin listening to him with this book, please don't give up. His other works are so much better.
I will listen to Joe Hill when his new books are published, without a doubt.
Yes, narrator was fine.
No, I'm sorry.
Made me think.
The button boy story was absolutely phenomenal. A great story in an excellent story. I really enjoyed the whole book, some stories more than others but that one was my absolute favorite.
The narrator sounded like he had a cold or something. He had a bit of a whiny voice in some parts.
I would highly recommend this book. I liked the way that each story was so very different than the one before it. It was a truly good read.
I love all of Joe Hill's other books this one was way to dark.
No and I like Stephen King ( Joe's Dad) Dean Kootz and others
Just more drawn out characters as he does in his other books but I'm sure it's tough with short stories.
Not sure as it is a series of short stories
Joe Hill is a great writer. This will not deter me from buying his next book
Always open to something new, but my favorite genres are horror, sci-fi/fantasy with more of a leaning toward fantasy.
No, but that is because I don't typically read or listen to books multiple times, too much new stuff to move on to. But, I have recommended 20th Century Ghosts to multiple people now.
Tough one because each story is a bit unique. Not all the stories contain actual ghosts but I felt Joe Hill was trying to say that a ghost isn't necessarily an ethereal spirit walking the earth, there are many kinds of ghosts including those that dwell in our memories. Some of the stories are actually quite sweet and some quite creepy. I mean Peter Kilrue... yikes! But the ghost in the theater... awww...
No. I liked Mr. LeDoux overall but gave him 4 stars instead of 5 because he is a little light in the female voice category. I think with some refinement, Mr. LeDoux is a 5 star performer.
As I stated before, each story is a little bit different. Some are actually on the sweet side and some just horror story train wrecks on a one way stop to creepville. Having never read/listened to Joe Hill's work before I have to say I am highly impressed. You can see glimpses of his dad's style but at the same time make no mistake about it, Joe Hill is entirely his own man, his own writer. I am looking forward to delving into his novels next.
After listing to Heart Shaped Box, I was excited to download another book by Joe Hill but what a let down this turned out to be. Most of the stories were utterly rediculous and those that were actually interresting cut off smack dead in the middle. I am ok with an author leaving you guessing in the end but there at least needs to be an end. It felt to as if Mr. Hill began writing a story but lost interest after a few pages and pushed it aside without ever finishing it. That's how most of these stories were and none of them were scary.
This was truly a waste of a credit.